• TACTICAL INFORMATION EXCHANGE

      Kroger, Marlin G.; Palos Verdes Estates (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      This paper addresses the development of an architecture or framework to guide the design of future communications links and networks to support tactical military operations. In the next decade military forces are planned to be much more mobile and dispersed than they are today. Improved sensors and information processing capabilities will provide information needed to manage defense actions against numerically superior enemy forces, but the effective use of that information will require greatly improved communications capability. The resultant digital information traffic which consists of bursts of data between and among users and data sources must be accomodated efficiently, something that neither the present circuit-switches nor the current store-and-forward message transmission systems do well. Also, there is a requirement for much more interoperability between the systems of different services and nations. Internetwork routing of data transmissions can provide more robust connectivity via alternate paths, to cope with jamming and physical attacks on specific transmission media or nodes. An approach to data network interconnection structure that has emerged over the past several years is the concept of a hierarchial set of protocol layers, each one building on the one below. In total, they constitute a reference model for “open systems interconnection.” The most common version of such a reference model is the International Organization for Standardization’s reference model of Open Systems Interconnection (ISO OSI) (1). The ISO OSI model has been designed to serve the fixed plant, benign-environment commercial user. DoD has special needs for security, precedence, internetwork data transfer and user mobility that are not yet reflected in the ISO model. Because of these special needs candidate DoD models that are different from the ISO model have been proposed. However, an important consideration in the choice of or development of a DoD standard is that DoD Systems should be able to use commercial equipment and interface with commercial data networks. Also a consideration is that the reference model used for strategic and tactical communications should be a standard throughout DoD, although specific protocols could differ as necessary to support tactical vs. strategic needs. In total, these requirements and considerations constitute a significant design challenge that must be addressed promptly if DoD is to have any influence on the finalization of the ISO OSI model to get it to accomodate DoD requirements as much as possible.
    • THE TAPE RECORDER SHUTDOWN ALARM

      Hahn, Jacob C.; Rockwell International (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      Data from the Space Shuttle is recorded on magnetic tape during manufacture, during pre-flight tests and during flight. Thus a permanent record is obtained for all tests. When a tape recorder suddenly stops before the end of its run, some data will not be recorded. Tape recorders run silently and make no sound when they stop. A tape recorder that is not running is easily observed, but constant visual monitoring is impractical. Yet it is important that personnel become aware of the problem at once. An audio alarm that sounds when a tape recorder stops before the end of its run will alert personnel. An alarm in use at Rockwell’s Flight Systems Laboratories not only sounds when a tape recorder stops before it is supposed to, but it turns on a standby recorder in less than two seconds.
    • TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES IN SATELLITE TRACKING STATIONS

      EMANUEL, DAVID A.; The Aerospace Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      This paper addresses the technology advances in S-band remote satellite tracking station hardware which have occurred in the last twenty years. Significant progress has been made in increasing performance, decreasing size, weight and power consumption and greatly improving reliability. Standard remote control interfaces and built-in test/diagnostic features along with readily available control processors can provide automated remote control at modest cost thereby permitting site manning to be reduced significantly and still provide high system availability.
    • Telemetering Standards Coordination Commitee

      Jennings, Vernon A. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
    • TELEMETRY RECORDING AND REDUCTION EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPBOARD SUPPORT OF MISSILE EXERCISES

      Daniel, Jack T.; Jones, Gary P.; E-Systems Inc., ECI Division (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      Evolving growth in Navy ship-to-air missile design has resulted in a need for larger quantities of telemetry information with increasing emphasis on digital telemetry. This has inherently led to the requirement for telemetry processing equipment that is adaptable to these changing missile telemetry data formats. The design for the Telemetry Recording and Reduction Equipment (TRRE), that incorporates today’s technology into a compact, realtime analysis tool for shipboard use, is presented in this paper. The TRRE was designed to process both the Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM) telemetry data formats of existing missile designs and the Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) data formats of evolving missile designs. The TRRE design minimizes the required operator interace through preprogrammed telemeter formats and programmable decommutation tables. A microprocessor is utilized in the design to program the decommutation hardware configuration.
    • A TELEMETRY SYSTEM USING WALSH FUNCTIONS WITH IMPROVEMENTS IN ACCURACY

      Feng, Ju; Beijing Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      A telemetry system based on Walsh functions has been developed since 1980.[1.2] The systerm is called sequency division multiplex, or SDM. A prototype of the system hss been assembled and a lot of laboratory tests are also made in recent 2 or 3 years. Of course, in order to put this system into real use, some practical problems still remain to be solved. In this paper the system design measures taken to improve the accuracy and some new a snchronization methods we adopted are described. Since the choice of subcarriers is very important in designing a telemetry system, a table of recommended sequence values of the walsh functions for subcarriers of the telemetry system is presented. Since the vibration signal in high frequency band is produced in many cases, it is necessary to build a system which can measure this signal. The frequency response of each channel is 2000 Hz , it will have wide applications in industrial automation.
    • TELEMETRY SYSTEMS AND MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES ASSOCIATED WITH ARTILLERY PROJECTILES

      Radomsky, Israel; Hochman, D.; Israel Military Industries (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      The Israel Military Industries (IMI), Systems Division, has had requirements for telemetry systems and measurements techniques to obtain data regarding projectiles performance in-flight and in-bore. This paper presents a brief description of a new programmble PCM telemetry system which employs several novel techniques like flexible multiplexing, programmable signal conditioner on a channel per channel basis for multiple gains and offsets), and a miniature size due to thick film hybrid construction and all thses along with very high shock survivability and long term reliability. This paper also presents a description of a very low cost telemetry package for measuring the in-flight spin rate using a specially designed transmitting antenna, a telemetry package for measuring event type phenomena and analog data (acceleration, pressure, strains, etc.) while the projectile is traveling in-bore. Examples of data obtained during actual firings are presented and discussed.
    • THEORY OF PHASE DISTORTION IN MAGNETIC TAPE RECORDING

      Hedeman, Walter R., Jr. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      The locus of recording when using IRIG standard bias methods is deduced from data on phase distortion presented by the author at ITC 1972. Contrary to popular opinion recording does not occur at the trailing edge of the record gap. At the maximum depth of recording it takes place near the center of the record gap, and in the surface layers next the record head approximately one half the record gap length past the trailing edge of the record gap.
    • TRACKING AND DATA RELAY SATELLITE SYSTEM STATUS

      McMullen, Malcolm; Assistant Vice President-Advanced Planning Space Communications Company (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) is approaching launch readiness, with operations scheduled to commence in 1983. This paper describes TDRSS including the commercial communications or Advanced Westar (AW) components and the launch, network, and test elements being employed to bring the system to operational readiness for user support. Users and user equipment are also discussed.
    • TRANSMISSION OF THERMAL IMAGE DATA USING PLUSE CODE MODULATION*

      Johnson, F. Bruce; Colorado Video, Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      This paper presents a method for synchronous conversion of infra -red image data to a Pulse-Code Modulation (PCM) bit stream for recording on instrumentation tape recorders. The PCM data recording method provides an improvement over analog FM recording in signal to noise ratio, horizontal resolution, and speed of data formatting. The methodology was applied to the design of a PCM encoder for an AGA model 680 Thermovision camera. The extension of the design to other devices is discussed. Considerations for the display of real-time and reduced speed data display on conventional television monitors are presented.
    • TRANSPORTABLE/MOBILE TERMINALS (TMT)

      Sullivan, James F.; Ford Aerospace & Communications Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      Recent policy statements from senior Air Force personnel places a high priority on the survivability of “deliverable products” from space systems, throughout the conflict spectrum. The timely delivery of these products is dependent on the endurability of the spacecraft, the bit-stream carrying the products, and the ground terminals. Transportable/Mobile Terminals afford a viable option to provide a control segment that can be balanced with the endurability of the space and user segments. This paper examines Transportable/Mobile Terminals whose mission is to provide tracking, telemetry and command support to mission satellites through the conflict spectrum. The role and relationship of TMT’s in the totality of the Satellite Command and Control architecture is discussed in an operational, as well as technical, context. Topics of discussion include threats and countermeasures, sensitivity of design to requirements, the impact of satellite autonomy and the relationship of TMT’s to other planned improvements to the Satellite Command and Control architecture.
    • UPLINK COMMAND STRUCTURE WITHIN THE SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER

      Lasken, Walter W.; Rockwell International (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      This paper presents an overview of the various types of uplink commands available for attached or detached payloads and discusses in detail the manner in which the Space Shuttle orbiter common set and stand-alone computers accept and process these commands. Command and data processing within the orbiter systems during ascent and on-orbit operation are also discussed. The uplink command formats, as they relate to the data processing system, are presented in some detail.
    • Utilization of Fiber Optics in Large Scale Landline Telemetry Systems

      Saulsberry, Garen J.; Willis, James L.; New Mexico State University (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      The large-scale landline telemetry system may benefit from the application of fiber optics. With present technology, practical means exist to design, implement, and test longdistance, data-transmission systems using fiber optics. Fiber optics and Computer Automated Measurement and Control (CAMA) equipment provide application and tradeoff advantages over a hard-wire system. Procedures for equipment verification must be developed to confirm and verify system performance of the design criteria. Practical computations may be made using values representative of actual system performance. A solution is provided to a typical data transmission problem.
    • WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE (WSMR) A PHASE - DIFFERENCE MEASURING TRACKING SYSTEM

      PARRA, MARIO Z.; National Range Operations Directorate (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      The Phase Difference Measuring (PDM) system is an RF interferometer object tracking system which utilizes the object’s radiated telemetry power spectra for tracking purposes. The PDM system is being developed in-house at White Sands Missile Range as a highly mobile electronic angle measuring system, to augument existing position measuring capability in range instrumentation systems. The system is comprised of two Remote Data Acquisition Stations (RDAS) and a Cosine Conversion Facility (CCF). Each RDAS is comprised of two antenna arrays configured as crossed baselines. The RDAS equipment utilizes high speed RF switching in a time sharing technique designed to reduce the amount of hardware required at the remote sites to produce direction cosines. The CCF collects two direction cosines from each RDAS, it then transforms the direction cosines to position data for subsequent transmission to a Range Control Center. This paper will provide basic system theory, explain the proposed antenna PF switching techniques, and also the computer simulation analysis for a baseline consisting of two pair of antennas.
    • WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE (WSMR) TELEMETRY TRACKING IMPROVEMENTS

      Pedroza, Moises; White Sands Missile Range (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      The WSMR Telemetry Tracking Systems consist of ten (10) automatic trackers and four (4) manual trackers. These trackers operate in the frequency ranges of 1435 to 1540 MHz and 2200 to 2300 MHz. Two Telemetry Acquisition Systems (TAS) with 24-foot parabolic antennas are located at fixed sites. A 6-foot parabolic antenna system has been converted from a mobile unit to a fixed-site system. Seven Transportable Telemetry Acquisition Systems (TTAS) with 8-foot parabolic antennas can be located on and off the range along with a mobile microwave relay station to support range tests. The RF subsystems on the seven TTAS’s have been miniaturized and integrated with the feed assembly resulting in a vast improvement in autotrack reliability. The digital slave tracking capability of the seven TTAS’s and two TAS’s has been improved by a joint effort between two WSMR organizations. Tracking System Interface (TSI) hardware and software were both developed in-house at WSMR by the Instrumentation Directorate. The National Range Operations Directorate, Data Collection Division, Telemetry Branch interfaced and installed the TSI to the tracking systems. The TSI utilizes two (2) Z80 microprocessors and is capable of slaving to instrumentation RADAR data in one of two modes. The first mode is dependent on the UNIVAC 1108, WSMR real-time computer complex, to convert the RADAR XYZ data to site oriented azimuth and elevation data. The second mode allows the telemetry trackers to accept RADAR XYZ data directly and perform its own coordinate conversion. An additional feature of the TSI is the test mode for self-checks, servo tests, and system readiness tests.
    • WIDEBAND MODEM CHARACTERIZATION TESTING

      Finn, Gerald T.; The Aerospace Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1982-09)
      As part of an investigation into the causes for random, unexplained data “dropouts” on a Defense Satellite Communication link between the Air Force Satellite Control Facility, Sunnyvale, California and the Indian Ocean Remote Tracking Station, a number of tests were conducted to characterize the performance parameters of the wideband modems used on the link. These tests were used to measure the loop parameters of the modem Carrier and Timing Recovery Loops and to determine the modem sensitivity to RF phase disturbances, data rate variations and various repetitive bit patterns. This paper describes the test techniques used and the results obtained.